Feb. 9

- "Kids’ Loving Memories Grief Support" will offer support for children ages 6 to 12 who have experienced a death of a significant loved one, such as a parent, sibling or grandparent. The special class will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Participants will remember those special loved ones using crafts, storytelling and music. The program will be held at 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley. To register, or for more information, call 330-668-4662 or 800-335-1455, ext. 4662.

- PechaKucha Akron, a quarterly speaker series hosts speakers for its event. Doors open at 7 p.m. and speakers begin at 8 p.m. at Tangier, 532 W. Market St., Akron. PechaKucha speakers give quick presentations that include 20 images shown for 20 seconds each for a total of six minutes and forty seconds. And the results? A no time to lose, compelling performance fueled by intricately harmonized stories and images. To celebrate the tenth volume of PechaKucha in Akron, the event will be retrospective, highlighting PK speakers from previous volumes. Tickets are $5 each, with a limited number of VIP tickets ($20, includes preferred seating) at pechakucha-akron.eventbright.com. To learn more or to view past presentations, visit facebook.com/PKAkron or pechakucha.org/cities/akron.

Feb. 10

- Visitors can join a naturalist to learn the history and geology of Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park, 5779 Riverview Road., Peninsula, from 1 to 3 p.m. The program includes a hike on the 1.4-mile Quarry Trail, which takes hikers by interesting rock formations and eventually to the towering quarry steps – a marvel in both past and present times. Deep Lock Quarry was home to ancient Native American trails, pioneer quarrying, narrow gauge railroads and a hobo campsite. Stone from the quarry was used for canal locks, and in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to construct several facilities in the park district, including Pioneer Shelter in Goodyear Heights Metro Park. For more information, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065. 

- Akron General Community Access & Wellness is offering low-cost glucose and cholesterol screenings from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Green Health and Wellness Center, 1940 Town Park Blvd. To measure LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, be sure to fast for at least twelve hours. No appointments are necessary. Screenings are done by a finger-stick test. Costs range from $12 to $58 depending upon the combination of tests ordered. Cash, check or credit card accepted. Call 330-665-8248 with questions.

- Greentown United Methodist Church, 3088 State St. NW, is holding a Swiss Steak dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 13 and children 5 and under are free. Carryout is available. The kitchen phone number is 330-499-3262.

Feb. 12

- Enjoy an early bird movie at the Ellet Branch Library at 10:30 a.m. The public is welcome to view a family-friendly movie on the big screen. For more information call 330-784-2019 or visit ellet@akronlibrary.org.

- The Autism Society of Greater Akron (ASGA) will kick-off its eighth annual Autism 5k Run and Walk with a summer-themed event. Attendees will enjoy summer themed music and food, learn about new and exciting changes to this year’s run and walk, and will receive tool-kits for organizing teams and fundraising. Prizes will also be awarded to the top 2017 teams who raised money for ASGA. The event is for community members who want to support a great cause. It will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at 703 S Main Street. The eighth annual Autism 5k Run and Walk will be held on June 16.

Feb. 13

- The Springfield Township Womens Club will resume its regular meetings on at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center on Springfield Lake. Speaker will be from Summit County Consumer Affairs. The subject is How to spot and Stop a Scam. All area women are welcome.

- Take charge of your heart health in honor of American Heart Month and attend Cleveland Clinic Akron General’s free "Show Your Heart Some Love: Panel Discussion and Screening"from 5 to 7 p.m. at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Health & Wellness Center, 4125 Medina Road, Bath Twp. Free health screenings will be offered from 5 to 6 p.m., including blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), weight and waist circumference. Attendees will also receive a voucher to return to any of the three Akron General Health & Wellness Centers at a later date for a free total cholesterol and glucose screening through Akron General’s Community Access and Wellness Department. These are all essential numbers to know, as they are all modifiable risk factors for heart disease. The event includes refreshments and giveaways. Registration is required by calling 330-344-2462 or visiting akrongeneral.org/heartmonth.

- Goodwill is holding Hiring Events for open retail positions from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 13 and 15 at its Jackson Township warehouse location, 4101 Shuffel St. NW. Job seekers can apply on-site for both full and part time positions. Although open interviews are held at Goodwill’s warehouse, candidates are applying for positions at Goodwill’s new North Canton retail store, 1230 N. Main Street. Goodwill employees enjoy a range of benefits, including flexible hours, vacation time, health coverage, and store discounts.

- Join Loyola Retreat House, 700 Killinger Road, for a Fat Tuesday spiritual reflection in the Chapel and a feast in preparation for Lent. The evening will be directed by Abbot Clement Zeleznik. Registration and social is at 5:30 p.m., dinner is served at 6:15 p.m. and the reflection will be at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $25 per person due with registration. For more information, call 330-896-2315 or email office@loyolaretreathouse.com. 

Feb. 14

- Join a naturalist on a Valentine’s Day hike at O’Neil Woods Metro Park, 2550 Martin Road, Akron, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., to discover the different ways animals show their affection for one another. Learn about the unique lives of turtles, herons, fireflies. Hikers should note that the 1.8-mile trail is challenging. While most people think of spring as the time for love in nature, some animals begin courtship and mating during winter, around Valentine’s Day. For more information, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065. 

- Children ages 3 to 6 will learn how plants and animals help each other from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Firestone Metro Park's Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave. The program includes a hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. Advance registration is required. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Feb. 15

- Cleveland Clinic Akron General will hold a free casual one-mile "Healthy Strides" indoor walk at the Health and Wellness Center in Green at 1 p.m. The center is at 1940 Town Park Blvd. Registration is not required. Meet at front entrance to facility.

- The Akron Chapter of Public Relations of America will present its annual Working with the Media panel discussion at The Tangier, 532 W. Market Street. The luncheon program is open to the public and helpful to anyone seeking to learn effective ways to get their organization’s message out to a wider audience. Networking starts at 11:30 a.m., and the program will begin at noon. The cost is $25 for PRSA members; $20 for Early Bird reservations before Feb. 9; $30 for nonmembers; and $15 for students. Reservations are required by Feb. 12 and may be made by contacting Lianne Fowler, at 330-780-5175 or email: akronprsa@gmail.com. More information is available on the PRSA website at http://www.akronprsa.org.

Feb. 16

- Join in the Gospel Blue Grass Jam held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Manchester United Methodist Church, 5625 Manchester Road. It is an evening of foot stompin’ music. Bring a covered dish to share for dinner at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 330-882-4818.

- Weekday Walkers will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park's Pioneer Area, 550 Frazier Avenue. Enjoy a walk along Alder Trail, with frequent stops to discover nature and history along the way. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

Feb. 17

The 2018 Summit Bridal Show will be held inside the Summit Mall Feb. 17 and 18. The show will provide area couples with information on how to create the perfect wedding experience. Brides and grooms can spin the Prize Wheel to win prizes donated by show exhibitors and play the Honeymoon Hunt. Each bride will receive a complimentary issue of Akron Canton Weddings magazine. Sign up for the chance to be a contestant in the Price is Right Game Show and the Nearly Newlywed Game. A fashion show will be held at 2 p.m. Brides and grooms may pre-register for the event at http://bit.ly/SummitBridal18for the chance to win a Bachelorette Party at Gervasi Vineyard.

- Wandering Aesthetics is hosting its 34th addition of the Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret "Anything Goes," an open mic–style cabaret at 8 p.m. at Jilly’s Music Room, 111 N. Main St., Akron. There is a $5 cover charge or pay-what-you-can at the door. Audience members can pay their covers ahead of time and artists can pre-register for a performance slot online at epcooker.com or via phone at 330-612-3090 All levels and varieties of acts are encouraged to perform. Those under 18 are permitted to attend (and perform!) with adult supervision. For more information, visit akronbreadbox.com or email watheatre@gmail.com.

- Discover the constellations of winter from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at Springfield Bog Metro Park, 1400 Portage Line Road. If there are no stars, there will be a hike instead. For information, call 330-865-8065.

- A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 1:45 p.m. at the Springfield-Lakemore Branch Library. The doors will open from 2 to 4 p.m. for the public preview of the new library at 1500 Canton Road in Lakemore Plaza. 

Feb. 23

- The Humane Society of Summit County (HSSC) invites supporters to attend Bow Wow Bingo, a fundraiser hosted by Beth McLeod of WOIO Channel 19 News in Cleveland from 6 to 9 p.m. at St. George Family Centre, 3204 Ridgewood Road, Akron. Attendees will play 8 fast-paced rounds of exciting bingo with a chance to win prizes. Guests will also enjoy dinner, dessert, a basket raffle, a separate $500 grand prize raffle, and a cash bar.  Attendees will be able to meet some adoptable pets over the course of the evening. Tickets are $50 each and available in a limited quantity. Tickets and more information are available online at summithumane.org/bingo. Event guests and the public are invited to enter the grand prize raffle for a chance to win a $500 VISA Gift card. Tickets are available for purchase in person at 7996 Darrow Road in Twinsburg or by calling 330-487-0333, ext. 223. Grand prize raffle tickets cost $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. Even those who can’t attend Bow Wow Bingo are still able to participate in the grand prize raffle. 

Feb. 24

- The Manchester United Methodist Church is hosting a Homemade Soup, Salad and dessert dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. at the church, 5625 Manchester Road. Donations are accepted. For more information, call the church office at 330-882-4818.

- An event exclusively for inclusive and special needs cheer teams will be held at 1 p.m. at Springfield Junior Senior High School. The doors open at noon and the showcase begins at 1.

- At 9:30 a.m., enjoy a morning at the new Military Family Center and learn more about this endeavor dedicated to veterans, active-duty military, first responders and their families. Activities will include horse activities, painting project with Walsh University Art Club and social time. To learn more, visit www.militaryfamilycenter.org or call Missy to register at 330-935-2300, ext. 105.

- Portage Lakes Branch Library, 4261 Manchester Road, presents A Celebration of Animation: The 100 Greatest Cartoon Characters in Television History at 2 p.m. Marty Gitlin will entertain you with cartoon snippets while discussing such legends as Bugs Bunny, Homer Simpson and SpongeBob SquarePants. He provides insight into the characters from a historical context, tests your cartoon trivia, and explains the criteria he used to rank the best of the best. No registration required. For more information, call 330-644-7050.

Feb. 27

- The Cleveland Clinic Akron General LifeStyles offers a free program, "NuFit: Nutrition & Fitness Education for a New You!" from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Green Health and Wellness Center, 1940 Town Park Blvd. The hour-long program provides information about the latest in nutrition and fitness, new recipes, tips and more from a registered dietitian and fitness expert. The class will focus on "Become Sodium Savvy" and"Cardiovascular Training and Weights." Call to register at 330-896-5000.

- Akron General Community Access & Wellness is offering low-cost glucose and cholesterol screenings from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Green Health and Wellness Center, 1940 Town Park Blvd. To measure LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, be sure to fast for at least twelve hours. No appointments are necessary. Screenings are done by a finger-stick test. Costs range from $12 to $58 depending upon the combination of tests ordered. Cash, check or credit card accepted. Call 330-665-8248 with questions.

March 8

- If you or someone you love is considering weight-loss options, make plans to attend a free information session on weight-loss surgery hosted by Cleveland Clinic Akron General’s Bariatric Center at 6 p.m. at Akron General, Boardroom, 1 Akron General Ave. The session will give an overview of the different types of weight-loss surgeries offered and the support provided by Akron General’s Bariatric Center. The risks, benefits and possible outcomes of surgery are also discussed. There is no cost to attend, but registration is appreciated and can be completed by calling 330-344-1950 or by registering online at akrongeneral.org/bariatric.